When Life Hands you Lemons, turn it into an e-Course

There are times when you have to take life's lemons and make gallons of lemonade. Right now is one of those moments for me. Last weekend I was invited to speak at a holiday event in Atlanta. I prepped really hard for it and created a super snazzy presentation for the event. My topic? How to Snap the Perfect Christmas Card Photos of your Kids This is something I know a lot about. Because of this. Or this. I poured every ounce of knowledge that I have about this photography topic … [Read more...]

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Food Photography Styling Tips from the Pros

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop here in Birmingham that taught us all about prop styling for food photography. Jessica from Spiffy Eats hosted it along with two ladies who work as food stylists for Time, Inc. All day long Rishon Hanners and Audrey Davis style food photos for magazines like Southern Living and Cooking Light. It was a joy to watch them work together to set up the perfect shot. They made it look SO easy, when in fact it takes a lot of skill … [Read more...]

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Introducing The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Lightroom

The very first time my blog went viral was with this post about how to take pictures of your kids in front of the Christmas tree at night. That was many years ago now. Since that time, my photography has evolved and changed, but that will always be THE post that truly gave my blog a heartbeat. I absolutely love creating beautiful photography, and now I want to teach you how to become a better photographer, too! I've been keeping this announcement a secret here on the ol' blog until I was … [Read more...]

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Homegrown Bloggers

  This past weekend, I had the honor of sitting down in an intimate setting with 25 other bloggers and teaching them how to use Lightroom for editing their blog photos. The Homegrown Bloggers event was held Saturday at Morgan Creek Winery in Harpersville, Alabama. The winery has rows and rows of muscadine vines that they turn into THE sweetest wines I've ever tasted.  We got to learn about blogging all day long, then we had a wine tasting and tour that afternoon. A full day of … [Read more...]

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How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree {in daylight}

After we got the Christmas tree up this weekend we had a “Baby’s First Christmas” photo shoot with Caroline.  I thought I’d share the details on how I took these pictures in case any of you are looking for instructions on how to photograph your kids in front of the Christmas lights this year. Here is my favorite picture straight outta the camera: This post contains affiliate links.  To get this shot I used a tripod with my camera settings on the following: ISO: … [Read more...]

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How to Edit Photos Faster with Lightroom

Looking for more tips on how to use Adobe Lightroom for editing photos? I'm sharing my photography editing workflow from start to finish. Learn how to batch edit your images in just a few quick clicks! Your time spent editing photos will be measured in minutes instead of hours. For real. {Quick note: This was written in 2014.  Lightroom has made recent updates so the newest version will look different in some places.  Most of this still applies, though!} Beth’s Quick Photo Editing … [Read more...]

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How to Auto Straighten Images in Adobe Lightroom 5

After semi-successfully stumbling my way around Photoshop and Elements for a few years, I finally came to a point where every time I went to edit my photos I would look at my computer screen like this.... … [Read more...]

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The Family Photo Shoot

Last month we had a family photo shoot.  This is a HUGE deal, considering that we have not had family portraits made since Garrett was one year old, and now he's five. Garrett and I had our picture snapped together for Valentine's Day, but J wasn't included.  Even on special occasions, we are not great at jumping in front of any lenses together.   There have been many holidays where we forget to take a family picture of the three of us together and then I scan my facebook page later that night … [Read more...]

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How to use Lightroom to edit Interior photos

When I first purchased Lightroom I had a hard time using the program because it just wasn’t very intuitive for me, but after I took a Lightroom class I now use Lightroom for editing every single blog photo that I post. I love using it for editing my interior photos because I can turn a dark, dreary picture into something magazine worthy.  I could go on and on about the benefits of using Lightroom over Photoshop, but I don’t want this to become an essay.  Let’s just say that I started out using … [Read more...]

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How to photograph (good enough) fireworks with a point and shoot

Here's a quick tip that I learned a few years ago from the Pioneer Woman. Three years ago I took this fireworks picture while sitting in a boat that was floating in the middle of the lake (read: unstable and shaky) with my old Canon Powershot A620 digital camera. At the time, I was just dipping my toes into photography in general, so I literally had ZERO photo taking skills at this point. Here is how you can get a shot like this if you happen to have a point and shoot camera that has an AV … [Read more...]

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